Christmas Traditions in Croatia

Christmas in Croatia is celebrated much the same as it is in the United States. There are some differences that we will show below. One major difference is that Christmas actually falls in the beginning of their summer season. Here is how the country celebrates.

Decorations – Advent wreaths with candles are the most popular decorations in the country. Christmas Trees are the next most popular item, put up on either St. Nicholas Day or Christmas Eve.

Food – On Christmas Day, Croatians eat turkey, goose or duck. Cookies are also made and eaten in plenty!

Christmas Eve – Straw is brought into the house on Christmas Eve, in hopes that the next harvest will be plentiful. Dried cod is eaten on Christmas Eve as well.

Traditions – Croatia is a heavily Catholic country, and Christmas is celebrated starting on November 25th, which is St. Catherine’s Day. The children of the country leave their shoes or boots out hoping that St. Nicholas will leave them something on December 5th. If they have been bad, though, Krampus may come and snatch them! Young men also give their girlfriends apples on Christmas Eve.


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